"HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR DUNK SKILLS"
DUNK SCIENCE - 101








The major components of a shoe can be broken down as illustrated in figure 1. Each part, in turn, can be broken down into smaller sub-components. For example, the upper might be "dissected" into the heel tab, heel counter, tongue, and lacing system. For the sake of brevity we will concentrate mostly on the major parts and, where appropriate, point out how a sub-component might be important to its overall performance.

It's also important to note that, even though the shoe can be broken down into these four major components, and one can apply science to help improve the design of each, all of these parts operate in an integrated fashion. For example, when talking about motion control and stability, a scientist and designer might focus their efforts on the upper and a new heel counter, or lateral support strap, but the overall ability of the shoe to provide the desired stability will be dependent on the complex formed by the upper and the midsole.

What follows then is an overview of these main components, their key sub-components, and the properties sports researchers study relative to their performance. Also included are some current ideas relative to design that might be incorporated into the part to improve performance. Lastly, where appropriate, a brief introduction to the history behind the evolution of the components design is provided.


The major parts of a shoe.

Upper
Insert
Midsole
Outsole


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No play in sports rivals the slam-dunk for sheer athleticism and crowd-pleasing action. You got game to spring high enough and jam the ball through the hoop?



Steps:

1. Have big hands, or stick to the two-handed dunk - dunking is much easier if you can palm the ball.

2. Be a good jumper. Even if you're 6-foot-6, you need to be able to jump.

3. Dribble toward the basket with speed.

4. Pick up the ball from your dribble 10 to 12 feet from the basket.

5. Take your allowed two steps.

6. Palm the ball with your dunking hand, or grasp it firmly with both hands.

7. Push up from your second step, toward the rim, jumping as high as you can.

8. Extend your arm with the ball toward the rim, or if you're using two hands, bring the ball back behind your head for additional style points.

9. Slam the ball through the basket. Do not hang from the rim unless there's a danger of landing on somebody.

10. Celebrate your dunk in a cool way as you run back to play defense - make it clear that this wasn't your first or, certainly, your last dunk.


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Tips:

Approach the basket in a manner similar to a layup.

You need to be able to touch the rim easily before having any realistic expectation of dunking the ball.

Many baskets are now installed with a device that allows you to adjust the height. Lower the rim temporarily to get an idea of how it feels to dunk.



Warnings:

You may get up pretty high and can injure yourself if you lose control.



Overall Warnings:

If you have any conditions that would impair or limit your ability to engage in physical activity, please consult a physician before attempting this activity. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.


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